Common Rider Problems – The Horse Riders Mechanic

Common Rider Problems – The Horse Riders Mechanic

hello everybody my name is Jim Meyers and I'm also known as the horse riders mechanic this short video is going to be about the subject of horse riding biomechanics so rider biomechanics initially looks at the rider in detail rather than the horse rider combination because until a rider sorts out any position and balance problems they cannot ride to the best of their ability so it's a good idea to examine your own body in detail from time to time because after all we expect our horse to be straight supple balanced etc but yet we often don't talk about the rider needing to have these these things but in fact they do just as much as the horse so what we're aiming for is this nice upright balanced position and these imaginary straight lines should be in place on a rider no matter what style of riding they follow whether it be dressage western even endurance and so on because and the reason it's so important is not just because this position looks pretty but because it's balanced it's a balanced position when the rider is riding in this way when they set up and straight up and down with their feet underneath their hips and underneath their shoulders then they are actually more secure and therefore they are safer because the more security you have the safer you are also then you are easier to carry so you become easier for the horse to move you around and because for example if you don't sit in this way and you sit with your weight too far back on the horses back for instance and you're sitting on a weaker part of the horses back whereas when you sit in this upright balanced position then you're much easier for the horse to carry because the horse is stronger further forward on my back near the wither area and also in this position you can then apply the edge correctly this position sets you up and ideally to apply the eggs which are also known as cues or whatever and in it sets you up in an ideal position to apply those cues so Ryder problems can be grouped into several categories and this talk this evening this this quick talk and is just setting the scene for later videos that will come along to make sure you subscribe and you'll be able to watch the the future videos as well so first of all as I said we're looking at the groupings of of Ryder and problems if you like so common writer problems one problems of insecurity lack of an independent seat and symptoms for this include things such as losing the stirrups this is not necessarily losing them all together and this could be just where and they start to clutter around on your feet for example that's also losing the stirrups meaning that you're losing that and detrimental relationship with your stirrups you're at your lower legs are no longer behaving properly more on that later hands that won't stay still at another sure sign that you don't have an independent seat and and your hands won't stay still until you have an independancy because it's not a matter of just making your hands stay still and still hands actually come from being able to be in complete control of the various areas of your body while you're riding gripping knees another problem is people will start to grip more as they feel insecure so gripping knees or a sure sign that somebody doesn't yet have an independent seat wobbly disengage legs and I call them disengaged meaning what's happened is that the heel has come up above the Terr level and then the lower leg has now become disengaged it's no longer working correctly so wobbly disengaged legs are another sure sign of a lack of an independent seat bouncing is a very obvious one when the horse moves in and anything faster than a walk then you will tend to bounce particularly in a faster trot and in a canter and all these things tend to result in a loss of confidence in creative vicious circle whereby the more insecure you feel the more you might resort to gripping with your knees harder thinking it will keep you one when it won't bouncing more and so on so problems of insecurity lack of an independancy when you have an independancy you can use any part of your body without it affecting another part so for a good example of this of a rider for instance that doesn't yet have an independancy watch your beginner rider I'll think back to when you were a beginner rider and notice how when they use their legs for example their hands shoot up in the air that's a sure sign of you know obviously a beginner rider does not yet have an independancy but even more experienced riders can still have a certain amount of this behavior going on when they ride and again the subject this this subjective rider biomechanics is looking at these things in detail earning out these problems we have an article on this subject of confidence and sorry on the subject of having an independent seat on the horse riders mechanic website so problems with your body body issues such as asymmetries of the body everybody has some amount of crookedness no one is a hundred percent straight and some people are a lot more obvious than others but nobody is totally straight it's about learning to use what you have as well as possible painful or injured joints big problem for for all people really and a lot of horse riders have these problems because just the fact that if they've been around horses for a while and they may have been joints through falling off previously or just being around horses walking on unlevel ground for instance makes you more likely to go over an ankle and sprain an ankle and so on and but the thing is that these these problems will affect you when you ride and it doesn't necessarily you know a huge thing but if you're aware of it there's a lot you can do to make it so that those joints aren't getting in the way of you writing better and tiredness and a big problem especially for modern-day riders who actually have usually have very busy lifestyles and don't just ride they often have other things going on in their life as well so but with this on the subject of Toyotas if your body is working correctly whether that we do to a symmetries of your body previous injuries or because you're trying to ride in a certain way or indeed a combination of the above you'll use more energy and get tired more quickly so that something to keep in mind whereas if you can and get get everything working as efficiently as possible you'll use less energy and won't get tired as quickly so other other problems include problems with the information that you might have previously received so for example riders are often taught to do things such as wrap their legs around the horse which is incorrect all this does is put an unnatural twist on the joint particularly in the knees and ankles and I talked about this looked quite a bit more and I will do in a in a later video grip with your knees routers are often actually told to work with the knees in fact in the old days riders were taught to ride this way on purpose they were taught to ride with a coin or a piece of paper between their knees in the saddle because it was believed that gripping was what kept you on the horse when in fact it doesn't at all it's all about balance push your heels down again our heels should be just slightly lower than our toes but that doesn't mean that our heels should be pushed all the way down as you can see in this picture here on the right and what that means is that the shock absorbers are now at full stretch so they can no longer work properly so our heels should only be slightly lower than our toes so that they can actually dip in spring and work correctly so riding coach is unless they have a special interest in the subject of rider biomechanics tend to teach what they were taught rather than what they actually do so there is a lot of misunderstandings around about the intricacies of how people ride on what they should do when riding and the subject of routed biomechanics is not traditionally included in the education of a riding coach so unless they actually have this special interest your regular coach that may be very very good at getting you and your horse going better but they might be just missing out very important elements that needs sorting out in order for you to progress to the next level attitude problems mature riders for example tend to try too hard compared to children who tend to go with the flow and mature riders do tend to overcomplicate the subject so they tend to try try doing everything they've ever heard over the years when when it starts to get difficult they start to overthink it sometimes and start trying too hard as I said and sometimes it seems that the harder we try the harder it gets and frustration can occur because we remember how easy it used to be if we rode as a child that can actually add to our frustration and confidence issues these are a big problem so confidence issues will unravel your riding ability and can again lead to a downward spiral of events so they are something that you really do need to get on top of and it is possible to get your confidence back but you may also need to be realistic remember ignorance is bliss and what and when you apply that saying to horse riding and it means that when we first start out we don't really know what can go wrong because we've never experienced it so and it's not surprising that people who have been riding a long time often have and you often have confidence issues and that's because lots of things have happened to them over the years so and also we have an article on this subject as well on the horse riders mechanic chrome website so have a look at that when you get chance horse problems it may be that you're riding the wrong horse for you and that could be that either that totally or currently so it might mean that you know it might by currently what I mean is that it might be that you just need more education you on your horse together it might be that you just need to improve your seat and then you make a good partnership but in other cases it might be that the horse is just is just eroding your confidence rapidly and you really do need to think about riding a different horse for instance but it can be very difficult to give up on a certain horse and this occurs for various reasons including peer pressure you know we generally as a species of humans we don't like to give in and it might be that for example we've had the wort a long time or we we bred the horse ourselves and we have a lot of invested in the horse and I'm not talking about money necessarily I'm talking about and emotions and so on we've had though if we've had the horse a long time then it can be very hard to start riding another horse for example again there's an article on this subject on the horse rides mechanic website – and gave problems mainly saddles that hinder rather than help so as you can see in the picture on the left here this saddle is not doing this rider any favors at all and and it's it's almost impossible for a rider in such a saddle to get themselves in a good upright position so as you can see in this picture she's actually sitting as a moor as you would on a chair then how you're supposed to sit on went on a horse again there's an article on this subject on the website – and so and if you if you actually need and want which obviously you should do to get your leg underneath you in the correct position you need a saddle that's going to help you to do that rather than hinder you gear problems it also includes things like stirrups and footwear so for instance in this picture on the left here you can see that the rider is has tilted stirrup treads and all this is doing is actually putting an unnatural twist on the ankle and they have yet to come across a rider that the stroke treads actually help I'm sure there are some people that they exist for but I haven't met them yet so be very wary about using such things unless you have professional advice because they can actually cause problems rather than and help and other other problems include if you have very loose ankles very loose joints then the right you need more supportive footwear for instance so in this case this rider who does have very very flexible uncles is wearing the wrong gear for her and wearing short boots and chatter and riding chaps which are not actually supporting your ankles enough and that is partly the reason why your heels are actually going too far and notice as well how far forward her feet are because if heels are too far down so your ankles are your major shock-absorbing joints when riding and you could call them your suspension system they work in conjunction with two other very important sets of joints when it comes to riding and that's your knees and your hips and these joint should absorb the movement of your body and your horse at the same time they are an interface if you like between you and your horse and what that means is that your horse is creating movement when the work by moving themselves that movement is is mainly upwards and forwards movement and you need to be able to absorb that upwards and forwards movement into those joints of your body and if you can't then you will do things such as bounce lose your stirrups feel insecure and may possibly even feel as if you're going to fall off so riding well is about learning how to absorb that movement that's happening underneath you into in particular these three sets of joints it's a good idea at this stage to think about how flexible you were when you started out it's not always helpful to look at how you are now because a lot might have happened to you and between when you were very young and and where you are now and so think about how flexible you were as a small child some people are naturally very flexible they're the ones who can do back flips easily and the splits and so on and other people even when they were very young couldn't actually do these gymnastic movements and so if you think about that then it can actually help you with with any problems that you might be experiencing now so first of all you need to assess the joints that you have and they tend to fall into one of three groups either too wobbly just right or too stiff and in terms of riding as with many things somewhere in the middle is actually the best it's not actually good to be extremely flexible when it comes to riding anybody who does have very flexible joints will will tell you that it actually is harder work when you have a lot of bility in your joints it means that your ligaments and muscles and so on have to work harder in order to keep you riding properly and obviously if you're too stiff it can be very difficult to absorb that upwards and forwards movement is being created underneath you by the horse so a rider that's just right will tend to have joints that are somewhere in between and and if you don't then you might need to do certain things that will help you to 2mb around the just right level rather than too wobbly or too stiff and I'll talk about this more in further videos so you can actually swim to the end of this video now you can read chapter 1 of the hitch RM horse riders mechanic workbook 1 your position and the first two chapters of hitch RN workbook to your balance for free on the website so why not go along and have a look and while you're there there's various articles for you to have a look at as well so and I strongly suggest you go and have a look at those two two books and and start reading them there's no catch you don't have to join anything they're just there for anybody to read on the website and horse riders mechanic work one these are the chapters that are in the book so they cover Verge almost every part of your body in terms of what you need for riding well and then the horse riders mechanic work to has various chapters and going through riding riding the walk riding the trot starting with rising trot getting that sorted out through a series of lessons which you can work through yourself in your own time then onto standing trot so that you can actually learn first of all how to do a standing trot and how to gain that how to vastly improve your balance by using the standing trot then moving on to sitting trot you actually use the lessons learned in the previous two styles of trot to vastly improve your sitting trot if you don't already have a good sitting trot it's a very intricate movement and and it requires certain movements of the pelvis in order to sit well and then and after two more lessons for the truck riding the canter where you actually use what you learned in trotting to actually improve your counter don't forget to have a look at our Facebook page and you can see what we post on facebook directly from our website as well so and have a look at it on there and if you like our Facebook page it would be great if you like us on Facebook just a quick just a couple of words about myself in case you're wondering what my 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7 Replies to “Common Rider Problems – The Horse Riders Mechanic”

  1. Another thing to mention that might affect how you ride, especially if you are a woman in dressage, is most of the time, those saddles are built for men. We have completely different shaped hips. I've had this problem since I switched to dressage and I finally figured it out. Look into this if you are having pain or difficulty in keeping your seat and legs. Just a mention.

  2. I am getting medical treatment for a lack of mobility caused by a combination of old injuries and catastrophic illness. It's slowly working but I'm still not straight and still carry too much of my weight too far forward due to extreme immobility and curvature from the bottom of my shoulder blades to the top of my neck. If I don't lean my upper body too far back too much of my weight is too far forward on my poor horse. He doesn't deserve that so I compensate.

  3. Extremely interesting subject and complements your books very well…….. Looking forward to more…… 🙂 ……..

  4. I think I'll be the first one for you, who can't ride a horse without a (outside in) tilted stirrup rubber as the one you talk around 12:53.
    Why do I use them? Because I have had a knee operations, and ordinary stirrup rubber puts too much pressure on my knees after that.
    Other than that, nice video.

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